KANSAS CITY -- Thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Major League owners and players, some Royals benefited from substantial salary increases for 2012.
The minimum salary for this year went up to $480,000, an increase of 16 percent over last season's $414,000. So the salaries jumped up accordingly for 12 Royals with zero to three years' service time who agreed to one-year contract terms as of Friday.
Pitcher Blake Wood, who had a 5-3 record and 3.75 ERA in 55 relief appearances, topped Friday's list at $502,000. Next were pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, who has played parts of three Major League seasons, at $493,500, and pitcher Nate Adcock, who spent all of last season with Kansas City as a Rule 5 Draft pick, at $493,200.
Others who agreed to terms were pitchers Kelvin Herrera, $480,650, Jeremy Jeffress, $481,725, Everett Teaford, $488,000 and Ryan Verdugo, $480,000; catcher Manny Pina, $480,425; first baseman Clint Robinson, $480,000, and outfielders Jarrod Dyson, $483,625, David Lough, $480,000 and Derrick Robinson, $480,000.
There are still 12 players in the zero-to-three-year framework unsigned, and they include six players who figure to be in the starting lineup and might want even more substantial increases. They are first baseman Eric Hosmer, second baseman Johnny Giavotella, shortstop Alcides Escobar, third baseman Mike Moustakas, catcher Salvador Perez and center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Also unsigned is potential rotation pitcher Danny Duffy.
The other five unsigned are pitchers Louis Coleman, Tim Collins, Greg Holland, Vin Mazzaro and Luis Mendoza.
Players with more than three years' service time are eligible for salary arbitration and typically experience large jumps in salary.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.